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UVM Campus Sustainability Newsletter
April 2020

Office of Sustainability is excited to share that UVM earned our third Gold rating from STARS! President Garimella tweeted the news, saying he is "proud of our long record and renewed commitment to sustainability.” STARS is the primary metric that campuses across the country use to measure their sustainability performance and UVM continues to be a top performer even as the metric gets more rigorous. The hundreds of questions in the assessment (see full report) are also what informs UVM's designation as the #4 Top Green School. Thank you to the many of you reading this who helped make this recognition possible and who work hard every day to advance sustainability on campus!
Wednesday, April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Week is still very much “on” at UVM and will run April 20-24! We intend to celebrate our progress and successes, continue to learn about this ever evolving issue and find ways to act in accordance with our values. It's important that we don't forget about one crisis-- climate change-- while we are in the midst of another. 
EARTH WEEK EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
These were handpicked for an employee audience. They are all virtual and free!
WHEN CORONA MET CLIMATE CHANGE…WHAT CHANGED?
Experience a series of live, short, creative responses to the prompt above. Think of it as a virtual human "emotional weather reports" from the midpoint (2020) between the first Earth Day (1970) and the ecotopian world we hope to inhabit by Earth Day 2070. 4/22, 12-1pm.  More>>
SUSTAINABILITY IN THE  PANCEMIC ERA
This panel showcases perspectives on COVID-19 from Gund Fellows and Affiliates, including reports on preliminary research, and provide a forum for sharing promising ideas and opportunities for collaborative work. 4/21, 2:30-4 p.m.  Register>>

KEYNOTE: Disturbance, Recovery and Discovery... Lessons from Tropical Rainforests
Nalini Nadkarni is a world-renowned ecologist and pioneer of tree canopy ecology. Her decades studying ecosystems from the tops of trees has given her a unique perspective about life on Earth. 4/22, 4:30-6:30pm More>>

WHAT IS UVM'S IMPACT?
SI-MBA students will lead this summit addressing the question, how might we measure and achieve impact of our sustainability teaching, research, and outreach efforts? 4/22, 9am-4:30pm Register>>
SCREENING OF "MOTHERLOAD"
This award-winning crowd-sourced documentary is about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. 4/20, 6:30-8:30pm. Register>>
SEE ALL UVM EARTH WEEK EVENTS
STAYING SUSTAINABLE AT HOME
Our writers share their personal tips
CREATIVE REUSE AT HOME
There's never been a better time to work on home projects. Try making a home compost bin out of common household items, or a drip irrigation system out of an old hose. Front Porch Forum and Craigslist are active and (as long as you take precautions) are still great resources to reuse products instead of buying new. Let's keep stuff out of the landfill and money in our neighborhoods. 
PLAN YOUR SUSTAINABLE COMMUTE
How could your commute be greener? Travelsmartervt.org is an awesome resource to help you get to work without a car. It will even show you how much gas money and emissions you'll save. Remember that you can always combine multiple modes if you can't get all the way to work with one. Start planning for your green back-to-work  commute so you can hit the ground running when the time comes!
REDUCE YOUR FOOD WASTE 
With most of your meals now being prepared and consumed at home, and minimal trips to the grocery store, this is a great time to be aware of food waste. Get creative with what's already in the pantry, and properly store leftovers and fresh produce to avoid wasting food.
FLATTEN YOUR (ENERGY) CURVE
Many of us had to hastily set up a "home office" to work remotely. Be sure to plug your computer, monitor and other devices into one power strip and flip the switch OFF when done with your work day. 
COMMUNITY FOOD ACCESS
UVM Dining's Vermont First program has put together a list of resources related to food access during this time: Covid-19 Resource Guide.
STUDENT FOOD ACCESS
If you are in contact with a student who needs food access support, please direct them to the Rally Cat's Cupboard Facebook page for hours. 
#ONETHING4EARTH CHALLENGE 
The NH Department of Environmental Services launched the #OneThing4Earth Video Challenge in March to help recognize the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Take a video or photo of yourself doing one thing that is good for the earth. Post it on social media, using the #OneThing4Earth hashtag and challenge your family, friends and others to follow your lead! 

For a chance to win a gift card to a local business, also tag #CATMAvt on social media or email a photo, video, poem or story anytime before 5pm on 4/21.

ASK SPROUT 🌱
~ grow your knowledge ~

Dear Sprout, many retail outlets have gone back to using single-use plastic bags, should I still bring my reusable bags? 

Stores are being cautious for the safety of employees and patrons. While most locations prohibit bringing your own bags and containers, you should always check with your local grocery store to see what their policy is. One thing you can do is skip the bags in the store, bring the groceries back to your car (loose in the cart) and unload the groceries into reusable bags in your trunk! -Sprout  
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